Teeth, over time, can become discolored or stained, especially after tobacco use, taking certain types of medications, or as a result of consuming foods and dark colored drinks such as coffee and tea. Dentists can use a chemical process to bleach your teeth in one of two ways. The dentist can do a procedure in their office or provide you with a teeth whitening system for you to use at home.
Your dentist can make a custom mouthpiece tray for you that ensures that the proper amount of whitening solution reaches all of your teeth. You may find that whitening your teeth at home is more convenient. However, it can take two to four weeks or even longer depending on the strength of peroxide solution that is used. In-office teeth whitening is typically successful in one or more 1- to 2-hour office visits.
It is important to keep in mind that your teeth can stain again by exposing them to the same substances that originally caused them to stain. Whitening products are not designed to clean your teeth. It is still extremely important to continue practicing daily dental oral hygiene. Proper oral hygiene consists of brushing your teeth two times per day, flossing your teeth at least once a day, and rinsing your mouth as directed with an antiseptic mouthwash every day. Your teeth make your smile, they are worth taking the time to care for. Not only will they look great; you will help prevent cavities and other dental problems.
Smile Center Dental is a family owned and operated network of dental offices that was founded by Dr. Shayne Istre. The company was established in 1997 with a commitment to provide the highest quality dental care at an affordable price. Call us today at (512) 452-8200 to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening.